Director’s Welcome

Here is a letter from our Founding Principal to welcome you to our school.


Ubuntu, a philosophy which originated in Southern Africa.

We warmly welcome you to Avondale Meadows Middle School (AMMS)! We are very excited to have you as part of our school family because we believe that our very existence is a result of relationships with people just like you. The first school in our network opened in 2006 in response to the need of the community. We are opening AMMS as a response to the need of families. It is our history with the community, families, and students that create our motto, “I am because we are.” We are family, and we look forward to working alongside you as partners in your child’s education.

While your child is with us, they are our first priority. It is important to us to know each and every one of our students. We want to recognize them for their strengths and the traits that make them unique. Middle school can be a difficult time for many children, therefore we want for our students to know exactly what their strengths are and how they are able to give our school community and to the larger community. Above all else, students at AMMS will know that they are loved.

It is this love for our students that drives us to ensure that we are delivering high-quality instruction. AMMS graduates will be prepared to attend the best high schools in Indianapolis. Our rigorous standards and constant push for academic excellence should allow our students to have the options and opportunities to make the best choices for high school and beyond. Our school culture will create a foundation of confidence so that they will be able to speak about their strengths and abilities.

Again, we cannot do this life-changing work without you. Families have been our motivation and purpose from the very beginning. We look forward to working with you to ensure success for our young people on their journey towards achieving their dreams.

Chrystal Westerhaus
Founding Principal